Book Watch Archive

Book Watch is I Programmer's listing of new books and is compiled using publishers' publicity material. It is not to be read as a review where we provide an independent assessment. Some, but by no means all, of the books in Book Watch are eventually reviewed.

Click on the title (in blue) for more information on any book.



Professional C# and .NET 2021st Ed (Wrox)
Wednesday, 06 October 2021

In this book Christian Nagel, Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, delivers a comprehensive tour of the new features and capabilities of C#9 and .NET 5. Nagel shows how to create Web- and Windows applications using ASP.NET Core, Blazor, and WinUI using modern application patterns and new features offered by .NET including Microservices deployed to Docker images,GRPC, localization, and asynchronous streaming.


Python Distilled (Addison-Wesley)
Monday, 04 October 2021

In this book, David Beazley sets out to answer questions such as how programmers who are new to Python can work out where to begin, and how  experienced Python developers can know they're coding in a manner that is clear and effective. Beazley also looks at how to make the jump from learning about individual features to thinking in Python at a deeper level.

<ASIN:‎ 0134173279>

Building the Data Lakehouse (Technics Publications)
Friday, 01 October 2021

This book describes the features and architecture of the data lakehouse, along with its analytical infrastructure; the next generation of the data warehouse and data lake. Bill Inmon, Mary Levins and Ranjeet Srivastava describe how data lakehouses are designed for use with analytics, machine learning, and data science and also discuss how the universal common connector blends structured, textual, analog, and IoT data.


Data Structures & Algorithms in Swift, 4th Ed (Razeware)
Wednesday, 29 September 2021

This book looks at how fundamental data structures and algorithms work. Kelvin Lau and Vincent Ngo use illustrated tutorials and Swift playground code. The book is aimed at developers who know the basics of Swift syntax and want a better theoretical understanding of what data structures and algorithms are to build more complex programs.


Mastering Go 3rd Ed (Packt)
Monday, 27 September 2021

In this book, subtitled "Harness the power of Go to build professional utilities and concurrent servers and services", Mihalis Tsoukalos sets out to teach key features of Go, including advanced concepts like concurrency and working with JSON, to create and optimize real-world services, network servers, and clients. This new edition has been updated to include topics like creating RESTful servers and clients, understanding Go generics, and developing gRPC servers and clients.


The Programmer's Brain (Manning)
Friday, 24 September 2021

Subtitled "What every programmer needs to know about cognition", in this book  Dr. Felienne Hermans sets out concrete techniques rooted in cognitive science designed to improve the way you learn and think about code. This book will help you through the confusion you feel when faced with strange and complex code, and explain a codebase in ways that can make a new team member productive in days.

<ASIN:‎ 1617298670>

Deep C#: Dive Into Modern C# (I/O Press)
Wednesday, 22 September 2021

In this book I Programmer's Mike James, who has programmed in C# since its launch in 2000, provides a “deep dive” into various topics that are important or central to the language at a level that will suit the majority of C# programmers. Not everything will be new to any given reader, but by exploring the motivation behind key concepts, which is so often ignored in the documentation, the intention is to be thought-provoking and to give developers confidence to exploit C#’s wide range of features.


3D Graphics Rendering Cookbook (Packt)
Monday, 20 September 2021

This book is a collection of recipes illustrating modern graphics rendering algorithms and techniques. Sergey Kosarevsky and Viktor Latypov use C++ programming along with the OpenGL rendering API and Vulkan 3D graphics APIs for high-performance applications. The book begins by setting up a development environment and takes you through the steps involved in building a 3D rendering engine with the help of basic, yet self-contained, recipes.


A Biography of the Pixel (The MIT Press)
Friday, 17 September 2021

In this book, Pixar cofounder Alvy Ray Smith argues that the pixel is the organizing principle of most modern media, and he presents a few simple but profound ideas that unify the many varieties of digital image making. Smith's story of the pixel's development begins with Fourier waves, proceeds through Turing machines, and ends with the first digital movies from Pixar, DreamWorks, and Blue Sky.

<ASIN:‎ 0262542455>

Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems (Mercury Learning)
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

This book is designed to identify some of the current applications and techniques of artificial intelligence as an aid to solving problems and accomplishing tasks. I. Gupta and G. Nagpal provide a general introduction to the various branches of AI which include formal logic, reasoning, knowledge engineering, expert systems, neural networks, and fuzzy logic.


Concurrent Data Processing in Elixir (Pragmatic)
Monday, 13 September 2021

This book covers different ways of writing concurrent code in Elixir and increase application performance, without sacrificing scalability or fault-tolerance. Svilen Gospodinov covers topics such as which Supervisor and what strategy to use? What about GenServer? Maybe you need back-pressure, but is GenStage, Flow, or Broadway a better choice? The book covers tasks, supervision trees, and the different types of supervisors available to developers, along with why processes and process linking are the building blocks of concurrency in Elixir, the OTP and how to use the GenServer behaviour to maintain process state for long-running jobs.


The Art of Statistics (Basic Books)
Friday, 10 September 2021

In this book, subtitled "How to Learn from Data", David Spiegelhalter shows how to apply statistical reasoning to real-world problems. Whether he's analyzing preventative medical screening or the terrible crime sprees of serial killers, Spiegelhalter shows how to clarify questions, assumptions, and expectations and, most importantly, how to interpret the answers we receive. The book combines expert insights with the enthusiasm of an aficionado, in what sets out to be the definitive guide to the power of data.



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